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August 9, 2023

Tamarisk Evergreens - the Manna Tree

We have been re-addressing a significant dream given to our friend, Gina Gholston. In this dream, demons were destroying the roots of a huge tree on a hill. The tree represented America. Here is the entire dream; I will read only a portion; since I read all of it yesterday:

“I dreamed I was with several prayer leaders, including Dutch Sheets. We were walking through a field with tall grass and noticed a hill ahead of us. This caught our attention because it was the only hill around us. The rest of the land was a level, grassy field.

“On top of the hill was a huge, very old, beautiful tree. We were so captivated by this tree that we decided to climb the hill to get closer. The tree was the only thing on the hill, and the canopy was so large that the shade from it covered the entire hill. The ground around the tree was level, and the grass was tall and thick, much like the field we had just left.

“We were in awe of this beautiful tree, amazed at the size of the trunk and the massive expanse of its canopy. As we all walked around it, looking up into the branches of the tree, someone tripped over what appeared to be a root protruding out of the ground. Then, all of a sudden, these ‘roots’ appeared everywhere. Where there had once been tall, thick grass, there was none. Now, only the roots that had not been there when we first came to the tree, were lying everywhere on top of the ground.

“We were all very puzzled by this, so I walked over and looked more closely at one of the ‘roots.’ I could see that it was moving! This had not been obvious until I looked more closely. I motioned for my assistant, Darlene, to join me and whispered to her, ‘Watch this!’ And we both could clearly see this ‘root’ was moving.

“I walked over to Dutch and said, ‘Dutch, these are not roots; these are the backbones of demons. They’re alive, and they are eating the root system of this beautiful tree.’ The demons didn’t realize we could see them, but with their backbones exposed, we could see their movements.

“By this time, others had joined us, and I asked, still whispering, ‘What do we do about this?’

“Dutch responded, ‘I know what to do about it!’

“He then walked away for a moment, and came back carrying a perfectly carved wooden staff.

“Someone asked, ‘What is that?’

“I said, ‘This is a staff that has been carved from an old tamarisk tree. Tamarisks are evergreens.’

“Dutch nodded his head ‘Yes’; then handed the staff to me, and I walked over to one of the demon’s backbones. I struck it with the evergreen staff, and when I did, the demon vanished. I could actually hear the sound, ‘poof,’ and it was gone. I began walking from ‘root’ to ‘root’, striking them with the tamarisk staff. Then, somehow, all of the other people with me had staffs, also carved from tamarisk evergreens. They, too, were using their staffs to destroy the demons. Together, we destroyed every demon and saved the tree.”

End of dream.

The tamarisk tree was significant in the life of Abraham. “Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God” (Genesis 21:33; NASB). We have said a good bit about them for the past few days. They are an evergreen tree, and for millennia evergreens have symbolized covenant. I write about this in my book, An Appeal To Heaven.(1)

The tamarisk evergreen tree planted by Abraham symbolized his covenant with Yahweh. Many believe, myself included, that the tree placed on the Appeal To Heaven flag represented covenant. It certainly represented covenant - and became a weapon - in the boxing dream I have mentioned recently. With special boxing gloves, one of which had the word “Evergreen” imprinted on it, I knocked out five giants. And in this dream, demons trying to destroy America were defeated with staffs made of tamarisk wood. The dream was clearly telling us that our covenant alliance with God is a “weapon” we must use to save America (the tree).

The Tamarisk Tree

The tamarisk tree, chosen by Abraham to represent his covenant with God, has several unique and interesting features. Like America in the dream, it is a wonderful shade tree and lives hundreds of years. However, tamarisks are also slow-growing. They grow only an inch per year and take 400 years to reach their full height. As I stated in my book, An Appeal To Heaven, “Because the tree is so slow growing, no one would plant a tamarisk for him or herself; he or she would never personally benefit from it. By planting this slow-growing, long-living, covenantal tree, Abraham was thinking of his descendants, making a powerful declaration to them for generations to come, ‘I am in covenant with Everlasting God, and you will sit under the shade of my everlasting covenant with Him.’”(2) Amazing!

Tamarisk trees are known as those which produce the coolest shade in the desert region where Abraham lived. The explanation for this is fascinating. “The tree grows needles rather than leaves. Often the needles excrete salt on their surfaces which gives the needles a white color. Because the tamarisk excretes salt, it is sometimes called a ‘salt cedar.’ At night, moisture increases in the cool air. Water vapor adheres to the salt particles excreted on branches and needles, forming droplets. In the morning, as the sun warms the air, the water droplets evaporate and cool the tree and shade below it.”(3)

In the dream, the magnificent tree representing America was also producing wonderful shade. America’s Founders planted an incredible “shade tree” for future generations, saying through their actions - just as Abraham did to the generations to come - “You will sit under the shade of our covenant with God.” They formed a nation under God, a land in covenant with Him, one that could endure. America has been incredibly blessed because of her partnership with Yahweh. Millions of people here and around the world have enjoyed the “shade” of these covenant blessings. We must save the shade tree called America for our children and grandchildren, and for the world.

Another interesting fact regarding the tamarisk tree was sent to me by a Give Him 15 listener some time back. I have verified the information and find it fascinating. “An edible white honeylike substance known as manna forms drops on the stem of salt cedars, or tamarisk trees. This sweet material is sold in the form of flakes (flake manna), fragments (common manna), or thick droplets (fat manna).”(4)

Isn’t it fascinating that Abraham’s “covenant tree” not only produced shade for his offspring hundreds of years later, but also fed them with a substance called “manna”? And yet, why wouldn’t God lead him to use a “Manna Tree” to symbolize his covenant with the Lord? After all, Abraham’s covenant and offspring produced Christ, heaven’s manna, the Bread of Life. Abraham was told from the very beginning that God’s promised blessings were not only for him and his offspring, but for the entire world:

“And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3 NASB)

Sadly, many believers have not understood that the current ideological war in America is for the soul of a nation raised up by God to distribute heaven’s manna, the “Bread of Life.” Our war is truly a spiritual war. America IS called to be “a shining light, a city on a hill.” She IS called to be God’s trumpet, taking and sending the gospel of the Kingdom to the ends of the earth.

As America returns to her covenant roots, she will prosper once again. We, the praying church, must facilitate this by using the power of covenant, symbolized by the tamarisk tree staffs in Gina’s dream, to war against the evil forces attempting to destroy America. One of the ways we do this is by declaring the covenantal declarations and writings of our founding leaders. This is why Holy Spirit told us to “command the foreword.” Let’s do so again today, striking the enemy with the tamarisk staff.

Pray and decree with me:

We decree that:

America was raised up by God to be a city on a hill, a beacon of light to all nations.

America was called to preach the gospel of the Kingdom to all nations of the earth, and to serve all nations.

America was founded by God, under an appeal to heaven, and an appeal to heaven will give us a rebirth!

America is one nation, under God. We have put our trust in Him and no other. We have no king but Jesus.

The phrases "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God," an appeal to the "Supreme Judge of the world," "the Creator," and "divine Providence” are all in our Declaration of Independence. We decree that, as a part of this legal document that birthed our nation, they give us authority today. We declare into the atmosphere of America that our faith is in this God!

Leviticus 25:10 is on the Liberty Bell: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof." This verse referencing Christ as the world’s

Redeemer, was announced at our birth, through the ringing of the bell, proclaiming our faith and our destiny. We declare its message over America again today: Christ is our Redeemer! Proclaiming His message is our purpose!

Yahweh is our Judge, our Lawgiver, and our King (Isaiah 33:22), and that our three branches of government were formed according to heaven’s pattern and under His rule! They will return to this!

God’s mercy over America endures forever, and His mercies are new every morning! He who began a good work in us will complete it; He had a plan for our restoration before we even turned against Him! The Lord’s redeeming power is greater than satan’s deceiving lies, and His truth will prevail!


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  1. “Always maintaining green leaves or needles, depending on the tree, evergreen trees have symbolized eternity as far back as Abraham. This symbolism was sometimes expanded to include an everlasting or lifelong commitment to a covenant. At the time of our nation’s founding, evergreens carried this significance to the Iroquois Native American nation. At a significant time in their history, a great leader united five native tribes (with a later addition of a sixth), establishing a confederacy among them. According to the Iroquois Constitution, the covenant began with the planting of the ‘Tree of Peace.’ Their peace treaty and everlasting covenant were then sealed by the symbolic act of burying weapons underneath a great evergreen tree. Some historians believe this covenantal ceremony is where we get the phrase, ‘bury the hatchet.’” Taken from my book An Appeal to Heaven, (Dallas, TX: Dutch Sheets Ministries, Inc., 2015), p. 47.

  2. Ibid. p. 51.

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